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Sin Fronteras Print Exchange Camp
8 AM – 12 PM
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2023
For ages 10 – 13
In partnership with La Rodadora (the children’s museum in our sister city Ciudad Juarez), we will be hosting a print exchange summer camp! At each museum site, students will learn the history, techniques, and cultural power of printmaking. Students will also create their own prints to be displayed in our community gallery at the end of the week. They will also receive their own “carpeta” (or collection) of prints from participants at both the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez sites.
Note: This summer camp takes place entirely at the El Paso Museum of History.
This summer camp is inspired by the exhibit "Ambos Lados: International Print Exchange". "Ambos Lados" is an exhibition of 158 prints from artists in six countries, primarily Mexico and the United States, including 18 artists from New Mexico and several Albuquerque artists. Ambos Lados translates as “both sides” in Spanish. The exhibition emerged out of a print exchange organized on both sides of the border by Manuel Guerra, Director of Horned Toad Prints in El Paso, and Adrian Aguirre and Beatriz Rivas of Taller Grafica Libre in Zaachila, Oaxaca. The prints and larger project emphasize the unity of artists and peoples across the political border of the United States and Mexico.
8 AM – 12 PM
Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21, 2023
For ages 13 – 16
Inspired by our "Still We Rise" and "Desert Couture" exhibits, this summer camp will explore history and art of sneakers. From Air Force Ones to New Balance 990s, sneakers have become a cultural phenomenon and art in their own right. In this camp, students will learn about sneaker culture’s roots in Black culture while learning how to paint and style their very own pair of sneakers. At the end of the camp, students will display their custom kicks in a pop-up exhibit (but in the style of a sneaker store) before taking them home.
"Still We Rise: El Paso’s Black Experience" highlights the vibrant history of El Paso’s Black community in the decades leading up to and following desegregation. Tracing back to the first documented African American individuals in El Paso, this exhibition highlights generations of Afro descendants’ contributions to the region as they built businesses, homes, and neighborhoods during slavery, Jim Crow era, and beyond. Based on the testimonies and oral histories of community, “Still We Rise” aims to showcase the joy and accomplishments of those who call El Paso home.
"Desert Couture: Fashioning Two Centuries in the Southwest" highlights the El Paso Museum of History’s diverse collection of textiles, accessories, and garments, which span from the antebellum period up to the mid-late 20th century.